Kodi is an open source media player that is free to download on your Windows 10 computer. It allows for the viewing of almost all types of streaming media, such as videos, music, podcasts, and videos from the Internet, as well as all common digital media files from local and network storage media. It is a popular choice among people who constantly access streaming content . In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to stream Kodi to Chromecast.
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How To Stream Kodi To Chromecast
Using an Android device
If you have the Kodi app installed on your Android device and want to enjoy watching the content on a much larger screen then there are several ways that you can do this.
Method 1: Streaming with via Quick Settings icon
- Swipe down from the top of the status bar to pull down the Quick Settings drawer.
- If you don’t see the Cast icon right away, tap on the pencil icon. This will bring up even more quick options.
- Tap the Cast icon and wait for your device to scan the network. After a while, you should see a list of available devices. Select your Chromecast device from the list. You will know you’ve successfully connected when your Android screen is mirrored on your TV.
- Open the Kodi app and play a video. Take note that this will prevent you from using your phone while streaming to Chromecast.
Method 2: Streaming with Google Home app
- Install Kodi on your Android device from the Google Play Store.
- Install the official Google Home app from Google Play Store.
- Once both apps are installed, open Google Home and tap on the action menu. From there, tap on Cast screen/audio.
- Tap on Cast Screen / Audio once again.
- Select your Chromecast device from the list and hit Ok.
- Open the Kodi app on your Android and begin streaming the video you want to cast on your TV.
Method 3: Streaming while Kodi is running in the background
- Download and install Es File Explorer from Google Play Store.
- Download and install LocalCast from Google Play Store.
- Download the PlayerCoreFactory XML File.
- Make sure you have the Kodi app installed.
- Open ES File Explorer and go to Settings > Display Settings. Scroll down to the Others tab and tick the box next to Show hidden files.
- Go to the Downloads folder and copy the PlayCoreFactory.xml file that you’ve just downloaded.
- Now return to the home screen of Es File Explorer and choose Internal Storage.
- Paste the PlayCoreFactory.xml file in Android > Data > org.xbmc.kodi > files >.kodi > userdata folder.
- Open the Kodi app and play any video you like. If you have multiple casting apps installed, it will ask you to choose a service. In that case, choose LocalCast.
- If you don’t have another casting app installed, Kodi will automatically choose LocalCast.
- Select your Chromecast device and wait for the connection to be initiated.
- Tap on Play to begin the video playback on your Chromecast device. You can add multiple videos by using the Add to Queue button.
- Once you reach this step, you can minimize the LocalCast app and even lock your Android device. The video playback will continue until you tap on Exit App on TV or Disconnect.
Using a PC or MAC
You will need to have the Kodi software as well as Google Chrome installed on your PC or MAC in order to stream Kodi to Chromecast.
- Open Google Chrome
- Tap the action button ( three vertical dots on the upper right side) and click on Cast. Make sure Cast Desktop is selected.
- Choose your Chromecast and wait for the connection to be initiated.
- Open Kodi and play any video, but make sure to avoid closing Chrome while the casting is happening.